Eden Hazard is struggling at Real Madrid because he's 'too heavy,' says Arsene Wenger


Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid was supposed to catapult him to a new level.

The Belgian had graced the Premier League for seven seasons, establishing himself as one of the best players in England.

But a move to Madrid for a fee that could exceed £150m was supposed to see him rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or awards.

But, if anything, Hazard’s performance levels have dropped since his move to Spain.

He’s managed one goal in his 10 appearances so far and was outshone by 18-year-old team-mate Rodrygo Goes' hat-trick in Real’s 6-0 victory over Galatasaray on Wednesday.

What’s going wrong?

Well, Arsene Wenger thinks it’s because Hazard is ‘too heavy.’


"He is not the type of guy to be [over-awed at Madrid] but I don't know him well enough to assess that," Wenger told bein SPORTS in his role as a pundit.

"I think it was more down to physical reasons. He became too heavy and what you read in the papers.

If you want to make a horse lose a race, you put two kilos on a horse of 500kgs and it's enough.

Hazard was seven kilograms overweight when he reported for training for his new club in the summer and that seems to be affecting him right now.

And Wenger thinks Hazard is lacking confidence right now.


"I feel we have not seen the Hazard we know in England yet," Wenger added.

"He was not physically fit after he was injured. He is not a player who is usually impressed by anything.

"But he looks to me that he doesn't have the same confidence he had at Chelsea."


Hazard has the opportunity to get his Real Madrid career on track as Zinedine Zidane’s side travel to Eibar on Saturday.

He may not have found his best form yet but Real currently sit second in a crazy looking La Liga table after 12 matches.

Madrid and Barcelona have played one match fewer than the rest of the table are level on 22 points at the top, along with Real Sociedad. However, it’s so close that 13th placed Valencia are just five points off the top.

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